GoodTherapy.org is excited to announce Project Happiness as our featured GoodCause for November/December 2013. Founded by Randy Taran, a concerned mother whose children were facing issues such as depression, stress, and bullying, Project Happiness is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that specializes in resilience-building programs and is devoted to empowering people to create more happiness in their lives.
By fostering the growth and spread of happiness, they hope to instill compassion and respect for self and others in young people, ideally eradicating destructive behaviors like bullying, specifically in the classroom. Based in positive psychology, neuroscience, and mindfulness, these programs for cultivating more positivity and contentment are designed for educators and everyday people, and they are endorsed by public schools, private institutions, and universities in the United States and around the world.
With an emphasis on authenticity, they are centered on the importance of personal practice. Just as people practice their instruments, athletics, and academic skills on a regular basis, Project Happiness believes that consistent exercises focused on positive thoughts and experiences will lead to a more positive emotional state overall.
In addition to their curriculum-oriented programs, Project Happiness also offers a Student Leadership Club, in which young people can earn community service hours while playing an integral role in spreading the Happiness Movement to their peers and within their communities.
Project Happiness: The Documentary, which is available on DVD and in select areas via film screenings, explores what is at the root of our search for happiness, as well as some of the obstacles that stand in our way to finding it.
If you’d like to make a donation to Project Happiness via GoodCause, click here!
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